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currently is. public comment plays an incredibly important role in providing input in projects like this to ensure the projects make sense, work for communities. we're incredibly supportive of wanting to see this project happen. no one that i know of has worked harder on trying to make this happen and over the years, than we and our colleagues and we would like to see it continue. so again, my question is how is public comment going to be handled up to the 20 th on the treasure island environmental impact report. thank you. >> thank you, is there any additional public comment? >> hi, again, my name is mary jean robertson. i was on the profiles project and just wanted to say that it's
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really important for the people to just let you know once again that the first time that there were any developments done on buena island, there were bones of the people removed from the island and so this has always been an original site of the ancestors of the people and some of those bones are still in places like the university of california in berkeley and san francisco state university. so i'm wondering if at any time anybody has raised this issue as to, for example, a place to reburr those bones from the place -- reburr those bones from the place they came from. if you on treasure island have reached out to the people to see
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what their wishes and desires were for what happens. i know that the e.i.r. always says that they will go to the native american cultural -- i don't remember what the title is but -- it is really important knowing they are the original people of san francisco really trying to reach out and make sure that they are aware of what's going on. it is really difficult to follow this from afar. they were exiled from here and so we're trying to raise the issue because we want to make sure that as san franciscans, we have a responsibility to the original people. i just wanted to thank you for letting me raise this issue once more. >> thank you. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> commissioners, we are -- just
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to reiterate the schedule, we are proposing in two weeks to bring the project for you forst action with the number of actions that he talked about today. the public comment period on the e.i.r. did close a while ago. my understanding, linda, maybe you could discuss the issue of what public comments -- the status of public comment. >> basically, commissioners, as you are aware, we have a requirement to allow people to speak on any item that is closed. before you take your actions. it includes certification of environmental documents. although the public commentary ended and comments at this point will not be included in the response and comments document, the public will have an
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opportunity to speak prior to you taking any action. that is that that will be the only opportunity that they will have until you take that action. once the action is taken, there will be no other opportunities to address that document. >> commissioner moore? commissioner moore: i have a question. looking at the advanced calendar, there was a -- in response, that on april 21, we alter that cpmc. it is on the agenda on the last page. >> on the advanced calendar? >> on the -- in the last page of today's meeting agenda. it says cpmc april 21. >> that's a mistake. it is no longer after the 21st. it wasn't taken off that note.
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>> any additional questions or comments? >> nope. >> ok. thank you. >> thanks, everyone. thank you, rich. >> commissioners, you unfortunately are not finished. you have public comment. >> that's right. we are now at general public comment on items that are not on the agenda. are there any general public comments? no? seeing none, the general public comment is closed and the meeting is adjourned. >> thank you.
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>> welcome to "culture wire." on this episode, we explore what it means to the aged, in today's society -- what it means to be chicana in today's society.
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chica chic features an array of artwork by five leading chicana artists that addresses a range of issues such as integration, sustainability, and integration. using a distinct visual approach, each of the artist's response to the shifting needs of their communities in ways that offer unique perspectives and multiple points of entry. >> the exhibition is to bring together the voices of a new generation chicana artists, all of whom reference the works of the civil-rights movement in their works, but they are also responding to a new cultural concerns and new cultural circumstances. >> the works in the show include a large canvas depicting a woman washing the beach with her hair at the u.s./mexican border. the painting encourages the viewer to engage with the
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current debates over immigration and the politics of women and labor. influenced by the campaigns of the chicano civil rights movement, this oakland artist is a print maker whose work has helped and sustainability with the immigrant community as well as other current sociopolitical issues. this print-based work draws on appropriated agricultural worker manuals and high fashion labels to satirically address class issues, cultural identities, and consumerism. >> angelica -- her father was an agricultural worker, so she has drawn a lot from the materials the agricultural department sends to agricultural workers, referencing the depiction of farm workers and some of the information about pesticide application. >> mitzi combines a variety of
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media, including embroidery, to create artifacts of mexican, chicano, pop culture. she greets immensely detailed drawings of celebrities on the same platform of her friends and families. her work combines elements of chicano portraiture and low writer art, rendered in upon new art style, or intricate drawings on handkerchiefs, also -- often associated with prison art. her portrait of three girls is among several of original posters by the exhibition artists, which are on view at various bart stations as part of a public campaign funded by the national endowment of the arts. from the outset, the curator felt it was important for the exhibition to have a public art components of the work could reach the widest possible audience. more than just a promotion, the posters connect the work of these powerful artists with new
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audiences, including the vital chicano and latino community. images can be found in bart stations located in san for cisco and oakland. >> it is enormously exciting for me personally and for the institution. the poster with up right after new year's, and i remember very vividly -- i am a regular rider, and i went into the station and saw the first poster i had seen, it was incredibly exciting. it is satisfying to know that through the campaign, we are reaching a broader audience. >> for more information about
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>> a good afternoon. i would like to call the meeting to order. mr. secretary, first item please. >> roll call. [roll-call] president vietor: next item please. >> approval of the meeting for the march 8th regular meeting. due to an editorial oversight, some of the printer -- some of the printed copies have the template date between the
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footer. it has been fixed but i apologize for the oversight. president vietor: is there a motion to approve a the minutes without the template? all those in favor? suppose? next item. >> public comment. members of the public may speak before the commission for any item not on today's agenda. president vietor: public comment? >> there is none. the commission, having received at electronic -- if you have a comment on those -- and request regarding the calendar or staffer written reports submitted to the commissioners?
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vice president moran: i notice the next update is july 26th. i was wondering whether that is -- whether there are decisions that need to be made? >> we will be adding additional updates. we're still waiting for the full calendar to be put together. that was a place holder from the past. we will be adding more. president vietor: i understand there has been a change in that chair? >> the new chair is supervisor campos. president vietor: i imagine there'll be a change in that in the next month or two. >> and there is a change in the
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environmental surcharge. this is one of those issues where it helps to have an introductory session and immediately before that -- just a question that that somehow be accomplished. there are several pending questions that seem to fall off the charts. they were around -- and technology policy, rate policy, >> in both cases, on the environmental surcharge, there are issues coming up with both of those. we will schedule a meeting before an update. some of us were under the mistaken impression we had answered some of those on the other updates -- we have not and
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we are adding them back. vice president moran: what i will probably do is give you an e-mail on my thinking behind that. the last one is during the budget process, they indicated they were developing a graphic to show rates over time as to how they are disaggregated by what i would think of as value packages. i know there has been a draft prepared, but i'm assuming that as still been worked on. >> i have a question on the ongoing calendar. we have a number items pending that don't seem to be assigned to any particular meeting time. >> that is true.
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in some cases, we have had -- with climate change, we had a discussion in the last meeting. we're not sure we should be scheduling them quarterly or when it is topical. that is why we created this pending group. every two weeks, we review these pending items to see if we have a date to put in and if we do, we put them in but we still leave them on pending. the performance measure shows 322 is being scheduled but pending because there is no particular automatic way to bring that back and we did not want to lose track of it. if you have suggestions that you like to see some of these earlier or later, we would be happy to accommodate that. but it is here so we do not lose track. commissioner caen: the one i am
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interested in is the real estate update. >> you are not alone. we're trying to figure out when to do that. we also have the [inaudible] policy. president vietor: other questions or comments on the event summary? the staff report? vice president moran: the one that is listed there, the capability to maintain water supply. i had some comments, more than questions. first of all, the beginning of the memo grabs your attention. it says we are projecting we're not able to meet our service call for water supply.
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i recognize this is the first of several activities there going to be taking place, but it is an attention grabber. it serves as a jump-start on some of the 2018 discussions we know that we need to have. these issues are not unrelated to that at all. by did notice that -- i did notice that conservation is not included in there. my assumption is, seeing as though it's a different subject, on the other hand, as far as us meeting demands, it is related and is related with in the context of the 2018 discussion. i'm sure we will get into that. also, some eye-popping unit costs that are there.
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without beating that dead horse, i'm sure we've all had the opportunity to beat that dead horse. it brings to the for the issue that as we try to figure haori are going to meet those supply things, what role unit costs play. it looks as though the time line is coming together. we have the urban environmental plans coming up this spring. we talked about at the retreat having discussions about unit cost and how we think about those. this memo says that by the end of august, we will have another round of presentations or another round of information on this subject. it looks as though in the next six months, we will have a fair amount of discussion in front of us. i had a three specific questions about timing. as far as impact to the water supply, it lists two. one is the interim requirements
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for alameda creek and secondly for san mateo creek. when are we expecting those actually start? >> [inaudible] [inaudible] vice president moran: when you calculate the 7.4 average, that's assuming we have put into service the recapture facility?
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>> that is correct. vice president moran: do we have a schedule on that? >> that has not been through the environmental process and we're still working on the project description and design. currently, i believe that is scheduled for implementation by 2015 or 2016. vice president moran: it is almost a cash flow type of an issue that we have. some degradation of capacity -- we have some steps that can come in to fill that void overtime and part of what we will need to be looking at is how those will piece together. >> absolutely. the one saving grace is usage. consumption being down.
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vice president moran: how those things come together -- how we can supply someone with water whether it is needed or not. how we meet the needs of going down and how we bring us together is going to be interesting. thank you. president vietor: it would be great to get a visual chart that is simple at a glance. some conjunctive ground water use -- maybe some fancy ven diagram that shows the consumption and what the interaction is. a snapshot to be able to look at this information so we can see what we're going to need to do from a policy perspective to meet this challenge.
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design challenge, i guess. visual design. >> we do have one speaker card on this item. >> thank you, madame chair and members of the commission. we are following this closely, as you might imagine and we appreciate the comments about the cash flow and how that might work. i have discussed this at a time -- the staff memo says staff will return to you with their report in august and i'm wondering if the commission could return what that report and it is not lost in the french? president vietor: absolutely. could we make sure to calendar that for the august meeting? >> some wondering if that can be a calendar item as opposed to a
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written report? president vietor: unless there is objection. that's enough time, we don't need an interim? >> there may be specific items that come to you before them that relate to this topic. president vietor: any other comments on communication? next item. >> the next item is new business. does any commissioner have any new business to propose? president vietor: i would like to say happy world water day because today is world water day. the puc should be proud of the activities they have undertaken and today is a celebration that we still have clean water at least in the bay area and an opportunity to do all we can and recognize that globally there
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are issues with access to clean water and what ever we can do from a local level to help our colleagues in need, we should always be mindful of. happy world water day. >> on that report -- on that point, and we have a report of any radioactivity in our water? >> we do not. we have been getting reports from a variety of agencies saying it is not a concern, so we have not done our own testing. >> from independent agencies, we can tell the people of san francisco their water is safe? >> yes. >> i have another minor remark about water -- was at a lunch for san francisco general hospital and they served water. i was horrified. when the likes of barbara walters can come up and say no more bottled water and some
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money restaurants and caterers are doing that now. i think that was a terrible oversight and should not be served that way. >> i was at a tent in union square and they did not serve bottled water. they had pictures and glasses, so maybe somebody got that message. >> in a similar vein, we had an award ceremony called h-2 of solutions that gives prizes for water, wastewater energy, the black gold discussion we add at our ocean plant, the pilot we are doing for turning black grease and dark brown greece into biofuel was one of the finalists in that.
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the celebration was at a facility in san francisco that said they had to serve bottled water because their water was not good enough to serve. we went down there and help them slash the pipes. since they did not use water, they had never washed the pipes out. after doing that, they were able to serve regular tap water for the event. it took some convincing to tell them that your water is o.k. but you never use the pipes. president vietor: there is an excellent book that as just come out called "water matters." it's quite informative. there is a panel tonight and it talks a lot about bottled water and how we need to wean ourselves off of bottled water and the issues that surround that, not just from an environmental perspective, but in many cases, it talks about
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salinization and some of the value of water and it's quite a lovely book that has just come out. just wanted to bring that to the commission's attention as well. anything else on new business or other business? next item please. >> the report of the general manager is next. >> with the discussion of world water day and having good, clean water, we have an abundance of good, clean water. i asked for an update on precipitation in the low water shed. >> this graph i just put here is the snowpack in the sierra. these lines represent the% of the median snowpack as of april 1st. the black line here in the
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middle is the median snowpack per year. there is a jagged blueline which is 2008-2009. a red line is headed off the chart. that is this year. basically, we are looking right now at the middle of march of having 140% of the median as of april 1st. we still have a couple of storms ahead of us and more snowpack adding to this. there is lots of snowpack in the sierra that will come into our reservoirs'. in fact, if you saw the reservoir right now, you would see a bathtub ring around it because we spend taking out some much water to account for this note. this past weekend, in moccasin, we had 3.2 inches of rain in moccasin which is the fifth wettest storm on record. there was lots of water right there that we were having to deal with. ifyo


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